Down Home Southern-Style Green Beans

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"Sometimes you want that deep Southern flavor that you can only get from fresh green beans cooked with bacon,but you really don't have time to cook them from scratch.Well several years ago my sister Flora,taught me a way to make canned green beans taste pretty close to what you might've been cooking from fresh all day long. Since I didn't list any salt or pepper to the recipe,that's going to be strictly up to you.This recipe is easily doubled,but I suggest only three pieces of bacon.Submitted to " ZAZZ "on 9/13/13. " Keep Smiling :)"

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (302.9 g)
  • Calories 318.5
  • Total Fat - 24.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 61.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1097 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.4 g
  • Sugars - 5.2 g
  • Protein - 13.3 g
  • Calcium - 88 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a 2 quart saucepan,add chopped bacon,cook over medium heat until the fat has rendered off and bacon is slightly browned.

Step 2

Then add onion to bacon and cook until softened(if you need extra fat to cook the onion add butter or margarine).

Step 3

Pour green beans with liquid,and the water into bacon/onion mixture.

Step 4

Sprinkle with sugar and mix well.

Step 5

When beans reaches a medium boil,cover with a slightly tilted lid,turn to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Just like we used to have when I was a kid. I used French cut canned beans. Turned out delicious.

review by:
(9 Aug 2017)


Easy, tasty and just wonderful. I have made similar but the addition of the sugar made these special! Loved em~

review by:
(11 Oct 2016)


I made these using frozen whole green beans. Delicious! Had them with a ham steak cooked on the grill and sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter. A true Southern experience!

review by:
(25 Jun 2015)


As others have said, this is a great way to jazz up canned beans. Will definitely make these again. Thanks for sharing. Made for Culinary Quest 2014.

review by:
(16 Sep 2014)


I dont think anyone would be able to tell these are canned green beans. Wonderful flavor and next time I might double the recipe! Made and reviewed for the 2014 Culinary Quest - Cruisin Culinary Queens.

review by:
(14 Aug 2014)


This recipe reminded me of the green beans my grandmother used to make. Absolutely delicious. I made them exactly as stated in the recipe and wouldn't change a change. Made for my U.S. Southern meal for the Culinary Quest.

review by:
(10 Aug 2014)